My name is Chiara and I am a Bookworm.
I don’t think I have ever listened to an entire audiobook in one sitting book before. But let me tell you I did with Simon vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda. With a very brief pause for my tea (dinner) that night I didn’t stop listening even when my headphones ran out of battery.
But before I get into it any further let me formally introduce the book.
Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
Sixteen-year-old and not-so-openly gay Simon Spier prefers to save his drama for the school musical. But when an email falls into the wrong hands, his secret is at risk of being thrust into the spotlight. Now Simon is actually being blackmailed: if he doesn’t play wingman for class clown Martin, his sexual identity will become everyone’s business. Worse, the privacy of Blue, the pen name of the boy he’s been emailing, will be compromised.
With some messy dynamics emerging in his once tight-knit group of friends, and his email correspondence with Blue growing more flirtatious every day, Simon’s junior year has suddenly gotten all kinds of complicated. Now, change-averse Simon has to find a way to step out of his comfort zone before he’s pushed out—without alienating his friends, compromising himself, or fumbling a shot at happiness with the most confusing, adorable guy he’s never met.
Okay, so I know some of you bookworms out there disapprove of audiobooks, they prefer the real book, but I do like them, I think they are great. In fact I did a post on the pros and cons of audiobooks a opulent of weeks ago. Check it out here.
I would like to say at this point that I read the book and then watched the film, however that would be a lie. When I saw Love Simon on Now TV I was curious. I had heard talk in the blogosphere about Simon vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda but I didn’t put two and two together straight away. While staying at my besties for the week we watched it and I liked the film. It was just another great romance film if I’m at all honest and then a couple of weeks later my brother wanted to watch it with me. So I did. He throughly enjoyed it too.
I’m not sure when I put it together that the film and the book where the same thing but, it took me way too long.
I loved the book. It put a lot of things in the film into a better perspective but you’re not here to listen to me talk about the film. I really couldn’t get enough of it. I loved the suspense of who Blue is and Simon’s pitiful attempts at trying to guess and the the anger at Blue and then the shock that he had had the answer there for soooooo long and then they’re together. (I hope I’m not giving any spoilers away with this!)
My only complaint, and some of you may not see this as a complaint) is how long the ending went on for. Sometime romance books, such as this, I prefer it when they get the person they have been searching for and then the author says “and they lived happily ever after”. In my mind, that way they are over and done with. My imagination doesn’t want to write the rest of the story, of what “what happened next”. I want a sequel! I want to know what happens to Blue and Jaques.
But maybe that is just another sing of a great book!
I do also love the pen names the boys give themselves. They hide their identities, but at the same time hint to who they are. Genius by Albertalli.
I would recommend this book to anyone. I absolutely love every moment
What do you think? Have you read Simon vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda? Leave me a note down in the comments!
Blurb and cover from Goodreads.com. No copyright infringement intended